Cornell revokes recognition of fraternity
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ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University officials say it was a situation that required immediate action. That's why the school has revoked recognition of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity after the death of 19-year old sophomore George Desdunes.
Officials say Desdunes was given alcohol while with members of the fraternity back on February 25. Desdunes was found unresponsive in the frat house, and officials say the members recognized his condition, but failed to call for help.
Now all members must vacate the house, and the fraternity will be suspended for at least five years.
"This is a national problem, and it's one that every university and every college across the united states must be concerned about. And it's one that obviously has taken a very sad turn here at Cornell University. And this is a stark reminder of the importance of a continue to redouble our efforts to promote healthy habits and healthy behavior across our campus," said Cornell's Tommy Bruce.
The fraternity members will be offered campus housing.
The investigation into Desdunes death is still ongoing.